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Pixel 2 or Pixel 2 XL - Which should you buy?

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Pixel 2, or Pixel 2 XL? Given the issues with the display and steep price on Google's larger 2017 flagship, this isn't the easy call we might all have thought going in. Which should you get? Unsurprisingly, it comes down to your priorities and budget. Want to sponsor the next Android Police video? Get in touch: videosponsor@androidpolice.com. ▶ Circle us on Google+ https://plus.google.com/+AndroidPolice ▶ Follow us on Twitter at http://twitter.com/AndroidPolice ▶ Like us on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/AndroidPolice ▶ Subscribe to the RSS feed at http://www.androidpolice.com/feed Background Tracks by: DJ Grumble - http://bit.ly/2hShtN1 Joakim Karud - http://bit.ly/2jXbXWD
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Jotique Harlee (1 month ago)
I just got my pixel 2 and I'm a small kinda girl myself lol. And I love it
Anirudh nair (1 month ago)
Anybody know the name of this game? 1:49
Jasmine Sings (1 month ago)
I suggest the pixel 2. For one, its cheaper. Second, the user interface is much “cleaner”. And third, the bezels aren’t THAT bad. Most iPhone devices have bezels which no one seemed to care about.
Waltteri Mäkinen (2 months ago)
best review so far, ty.
Shane Horne (2 months ago)
The camera shit mate
RISEUP Gamer (1 month ago)
Shane Horne Lol, you must be joking right????? When you said "my Moto G is better", I knew you had to be trolling. ( Edit: Also what iPhone and Samsung device model you have??? )
RISEUP Gamer (1 month ago)
Shane Horne The Pixel 2 has the best Smartphone Camera on the market and It's believed by many, I don't know how your living under a rock😂😂👏 ( Edit: Also, one of the main selling points for the Pixel 2 and also the original Pixel was the camera 😂😂 )
Shane Horne (1 month ago)
RISEUP Gamer you are joking my iPhone is better Samsung better my moto g better
RISEUP Gamer (1 month ago)
Shane Horne the best Smartphone Camera on the market. How is it shit???
Hrythm Sharma (2 months ago)
Which One should I Buy?? None, Bitch I have to Save Money for My College not for Spending it on This Holy Grains Motherfuckers Bankaccount Fuckers My Moto g3 is Perfect For me😭😭
Kenny 92 (13 days ago)
Then why watch a video that's about which phone someone should buy?
wasabi (1 month ago)
Irrelevant
caine yang (2 months ago)
Hrythm Sharma stay in school
Cuong Nguyen (2 months ago)
Nice review! Sweet point on the pocket-size of the smaller véion!
Troy Martyr (2 months ago)
pro and cons to both. smaller 2 is one handable which is really nice, but cons being that lower resolution in comparison to the bigger one and that smaller battery. I mean 5 inches isnt too bad, its just smaller then what im used to by .5inchs. But price wise if i went with the smaller one id save $200, which i find odd because the original pixels going up in size only cost you $150, so why this year they grabbing $50 more. Bigger xl is better tho, since they fixed the screen issue in software it seems best to go for the xl, yeah your paying more but you get a bigger screen by 1" which is massive in comparison. Also a bigger battery so with googles software the bigger is the better of the two. So id get the xl version, just overall right for me since i watch alot of videos on my phone.
Jashua Bustamante (2 months ago)
What game was he playing at 1:53
Kevin Davis (2 months ago)
Pixel 2 XL, I have both and Google needed to pay a little bit of F’cking attention to the top and bottom bezels on the regular Pixel 2. Do better with the regular size Pixel 3 Google, Damnit.
TomUK7 (2 months ago)
Had Pixel 2 and now have 2 xl. I have noticed that the 2 xl stutters when scrolling web pages. It looks great and the bigger screen is welcome but the 2 feels better made and screen is also superior. The screen on 2 xl can also be unresponsive at times. 2 xl feels a bit plasticey and a bit like a Fisher Price toy! It is a cool phone though.
Habibur Rahman (3 months ago)
which was he/you playing?
Jess Sandford (3 months ago)
WHY does the camera not have a square mode!?!?!?!? I NEED this for my business to post images to Etsy and Social media. This makes me so SAD!
Angelou Sia (3 months ago)
A google phone is not gonna impress you by just looking at it' but once you use them you will be blown away...
Diyon Fernando (3 months ago)
I can park my car on those bezels.
Mikael Refatllari (3 months ago)
Pixel 2 xl for sure Those waves in the screen of the pixel 2 are so annoying it will make you hate the phone
Felipe Fujimori (3 months ago)
Got the Pixel 2 XL and I'm in love with this phone.
Nikolai Harhai (3 months ago)
Bigger is always better 😉 Ordered a Pixel2 XL yesterday.
Claudia Bailey (3 months ago)
Correction a lot of people who spend time watching tech reviews and doing tech reviews are turned off by the bezels.
Filip Rasic (4 months ago)
Smaller pixel 2 or the note 8? While I really like the not 8 looks, I think I like the google interface more, and the constant updates?
Tomasz Serweta (4 months ago)
You should use light wallpapers for both.
Sblinger (4 months ago)
Pixel2 xl is way more sexier
thatonebooknerd (4 months ago)
I went from an iPhone 6s Plus to the smaller Google Pixel 2. Props to one handed devices that actually fit in my pocket!
R Evey (3 months ago)
thatonebooknerd does it seem smoother than the iPhone? I always hated our Samsung bloatWare phones at Work. Glad they switched to iPhones. But, I’m thinking about trying the pixel out for personal use. It just felt a little cheap in my hands compared to other phones.
Darrin (4 months ago)
Why do people jack themselves off over bezelless phones? Not a big deal
Dineshkumar Purohit (4 months ago)
I have smaller pixel 2 and display is warmer, have you noticed this warmer tone on your pixel 2(not xl)?
Shawn Vega Velez (4 months ago)
Pixel 2
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Cee Dee (4 months ago)
I guess people like the pixel because of the screen size. They both have the same features its just a bigger screen size. But if they both have the same functions why is it a big deal. Save some money and get the small phone. Plus i am coming from an samsung galaxy core prime to this phone. Its a big diffrence for me hahah lol
Buddha k (4 months ago)
I like the little one.
esg12 _ (4 months ago)
The pixel 2 is ugly but powerful
esg12 _ (4 months ago)
The xl is better (in my opinion shut up)
Ayman Habannakeh (4 months ago)
The only difrent is the design google just want you to spent extra $200
Zafar Masroor (4 months ago)
Do they have LED notification light??
cerissa brown (4 months ago)
If you use a different text messaging app you can change notification colors. I use mood and it let's you customize it.
Demie Duken (4 months ago)
Zafar Masroor They do, but you have to turn it on in settings. It's not a multicolor one, though.
Sufyan Malik (5 months ago)
wow
AllAboutLifestyle (5 months ago)
I have an iPhone 6 and the upgrade is so overdue. But I got my Apple Watch series 2 last year and still loving it. I guess my choice is Apple Watch or Pixel 2... >"<
Marc Manalo (5 months ago)
where did he get that dark theme for the xl?
Daniel D'Oleo (4 months ago)
Marc Manalo The Launcher will adapt the theme if you use a really dark wallpaper to a dark one, Shame it's only automatic and not user adjustable.
John Pepp (5 months ago)
I went with the Pixel 2 after having used a iPhone 6+. While I liked the bigger size and longer battery life, I didn't like the bulkiness of the phone. I like a small phone that fits in the pocket. I saw that the Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL had the same hardware specs other than screen size, so I went with the Pixel 2. I glad I did, for I noticed the XL is having some screen issues (which I'm sure Google will iron out, but it's still a hassle for people who already own the phone. So far I love this phone, for the camera is great, the Android OS is fast and Google doesn't put on bloatware that most other phone companies do. I personally think face recognition is not perfected yet and it should be funny seeing people looking into the iPhone X phones, but don't get me wrong iPhones are still good phones. It's just a personal choice of what kind of phone features that one is looking for.
Charlie Lowry (15 days ago)
I'm using the 6+ also and I'm going to buy the pixel 2 (not XL) also! I totally agree with you 100%
itaintmebabe714 (2 months ago)
John Pepp the xl also has a 4K screen instead of the 1080p screen of the smaller Pixel.
Khair Miftahul (5 months ago)
0:44 what calendar widget that you use on that video ?
Hoggs Bosson (5 months ago)
I got the regular pixel 2, like the small form factor as it fits nicely in my pocket
prithvi raj (5 months ago)
Razer phone or pixel 2 xl
Gao Thanun (5 months ago)
Google why did you have to leave so big top and bottom bezel??? I could never understand why. It's even bigger than my Nexus 6P's...
lvlaple4Ever (5 months ago)
Neither. Don't waste your money on overpriced phones with no features and horrible quality control issues.
RISEUP Gamer (1 month ago)
lvlaple4Ever ????? that's subjective because i get the feeling that you didn't try nougat at all. Also featureless and horrible quality controls???? Have you even held a Pixel 2 in your life and even used one before??? 😂😂👏
Assen Mantchev (5 months ago)
You like the display! You must be a colorblind. Stop pushing this sheet.
Gwrightproductions1 (5 months ago)
LG messes phones up. Don't be fooled though I like the saturation update. Get the pixel 2 or note 8
ray Crespin (5 months ago)
I'm having a problem with my Pixel XL 2, can you see if yours does this I haven't seen anyone report on this yet... When I Facebook and you come across a meme but it's a video one, when tapping on the picture it disappears!!! Can you confirm this please and if not do you have a possible fix to this??
rvinodmenon (5 months ago)
neither
· KING · (5 months ago)
Umm.. there's no such thing as a future proof design. Why is everyone still salivating over the bezeless crap? It's like if a phone has bezels, it's now considered a flaw or some shit smh...
Zachary Shaul (2 months ago)
I find that the reason why phones are crazy expensive is because of the more effort that is put into these bezeless designs and really stupid aspect ratios.
11warum11 (5 months ago)
Yes, it's also a phone from 2012 - 2015 apparently, despite the fact that even the first bezeless phone was released late 2016 and all the others (which aren't even *that* many to begin with) all appeared in 2017. But hey, you can't fix stupid, so there's that...
Benjamin sides (5 months ago)
I'm rocking the regular so far love it 😁
J DF (5 months ago)
None
Jon Stern (5 months ago)
Isn't this obvious - depends on what screen size you want.
Justin Moyer (5 months ago)
Thanks for making this video. The 2 XL has gotten all of the attention so it's nice to see a comparison with the smaller option. AND it's good to see a reviewer consider the hand fit. Smaller phones fit human hands better... I'll take that over a larger 2:1 bezelless display.
Shiva -The Techno Geek (5 months ago)
I got a pixel 2 and I am happy with my decision
Hi there (5 months ago)
Neither..outdated crap
Hi there (5 months ago)
11warum11 😂😂😂😂😂 you’re a jobless junkie...Go stick your face between your mommy’s butt cheeks and sleep...i know what you’re gonna reply..”you’re the one who’s jobless 😭😭😭”
11warum11 (5 months ago)
Hi there Yeah, yeah, grow up kiddo.
Hi there (5 months ago)
11warum11 😂😂😂😂😂 yeah you talk like you got severe paraphilia...go find a doctor, you shitface
11warum11 (5 months ago)
Hi there Yep, you talk just like an adult... with severe tourettes...
11warum11 (5 months ago)
Hi there 'Mind blowing job' 'a clear uneducated dumbfuck' lmao kiddy xD
MermanIShouldTurn2Be (5 months ago)
I always wish that when comparisons like this are done people at least use the same wallpaper. Small nit, but it's picked. For me, I would prefer an HTC built phone over LG - I don't mind the bezels (have Pixel 1) - and I prefer a smaller form-factor, but that battery would likely convince to go for the XL alone.
Tony Kuligowski (5 months ago)
I really don't understand the point of these videos when it's always "it's always a matter of personal preference" at the end.
Luke Hero (5 months ago)
Waiting for the OnePlus 5T announcement on the 16th.
Shady Rahul (1 day ago)
Should I buy pixel 2 or one plus 5t... Please help
Luke Hero (5 months ago)
No water resistance is a bummer. I always use headphones with my phone so speakers don't matter for myself, at least they confirmed it has a headphone jack. Debating the 5T, Pixel 2XL or V30.
Django CS GO (5 months ago)
Luke Hero Yeah, but for sure it won't have water resistance or dual speakers - two very important features imo.
Tech Diffused (5 months ago)
Hit Thumbs up to how many are choosing Pixel 2 Xl
Nagesh Pattanshetty (5 months ago)
Choose the Moto G5S Plus. You'll save a lot of money and also be more than happy. Invest the money somewhere else useful.
Za Ro (5 months ago)
QUESTION! S8 Wi-Fi download speed test slower than iPhone5. Tried on 2 s8's and s8+. They're all dual SIM. I can't find people with the same problem online. I'm thinking it's because most people who do tests and post online are people from regions where they only have single SIM. Any thoughts can someone try with an s8 single sim vs s8 dual SIM? Thanks.
Hicham Gouchida (5 months ago)
Can you give it to me? Please . Pixel 2
branot89 (5 months ago)
Smaller one also has better speakers
Goran Petrovic (5 months ago)
Skipping both is the wisest. Note 8 isn't worth 940, iPhone X isn't worth 1000, V30 not for 830 and Pixels especially not worthed their price. We should stop manufacturers turning us into addictive 🐑. Too much commercials isn't healthy for most it seems.
Goran Petrovic (5 months ago)
Aditya Grand less and less every year, but still acceptable
Aditya Grand (5 months ago)
Goran Petrovic oneplus is affordable 😀
Jelly Beans (5 months ago)
Neither. No headphone jack, no consideration. Also overpriced.
Dalphaguy (5 months ago)
Even S8 has blue shift ,even More the Pixel 2 XL have a look:Pixel 2 XL - New Update Screen Comparison https://youtu.be/zTJZx1IO2To via @YouTube
Nick Makadia (5 months ago)
obviously XL
Geoff Fieldew (5 months ago)
I have the Pixel 2 and love it. I reckon I would be happy with either phone but the larger phone is $320 more expensive here and I'm not paying $1400 AUD for a phone. Not this year anyway. And the larger phone wasn't in stock so my choice was easy.
Geoff Fieldew (2 months ago)
Rao Hamid 50% Auto Brightness
Rao Hamid (2 months ago)
Geoff Fieldew what level do you keep your screen’s brightness on?
Geoff Fieldew (2 months ago)
Shoaib Ahmed just a couple of misbehaving apps early on because of incompatibilities with the new version of Android but it's running perfectly now.
Shoaib Ahmed (2 months ago)
Geoff Fieldew and i suppose no complains as of yet regarding the phone?
Geoff Fieldew (2 months ago)
Shoaib Ahmed it will last all day for me with around 5 hours screen on time outdoors on 4G. Indoors on WiFi it will last all day with around 8 hours screen on time. It can go for 2 days with less screen on time but that's not my normal usage.
Kevin Kwok (5 months ago)
You can use the finger print scanner to bring down notifications you don't need to hold your phone in a special way just to reach the top
nationshi (5 months ago)
I suggest doing the update with your XL2. There’ll be a saturated color option, that’ll fix all your display concerns.
LeGoogle Chrome (5 months ago)
Frank Ocean- Chanel?
LeGoogle Chrome (5 months ago)
Neither bitches all about that Razer phone and LG V30
Stephen Gunnoe (5 months ago)
I'm just thankful that Google opted to spec the 2 the same as the XL. I love smaller devices and hated always sacrificing specs. Pixel series has solved that. Hope they keep it up.
Tony Techie (5 months ago)
Any one have problem with slow charging on 2 XL. Mine took 5hrs to charge.?!! https://twitter.com/TonylovesTech/status/928117652773629952 So many problem! Google plz
arun karthick (5 months ago)
Got the pixel 2, Happy!!!
arun karthick (5 months ago)
Yeah at random calls
Rainman (5 months ago)
When do you hear it? Only during calls?
arun karthick (5 months ago)
Actually the high frequency sound is still there
arun karthick (5 months ago)
Yeah,but i think it's fixed in the update
Rainman (5 months ago)
Do you have the clicking or high pitch sound?
rcrd8 (5 months ago)
If only the Pixel 2 didn't have such a mediocre battery 😒
Dominic Ortega (5 months ago)
How did you get that calendar widget
j.blatch (5 months ago)
Dominic Ortega it's the month calendar widget. You can find it in the play store
Dillon Fosa (5 months ago)
Im just happy the smaller one has the same internals. Pixel 2 is just as beast and you can save some dollars.
Ay (5 months ago)
i want Google pixel clearly white but I don't have Verizon.
Mark Dice (5 months ago)
"Which should you buy?" >> Personal preference >> buy what you like. If I want this why did I watch the video?
Max-tremayne James (5 months ago)
Got the smaller pixel ..I love it .. no regrets
Insert Neutrality (3 months ago)
Max-tremayne James I have it too 😀
Darrin (4 months ago)
Khalid Summerfield you never notice bezels when you're using the phone. The battery is pretty legit, I am a semi-heavy user and I don't charge every day. And if you do need to charge, it's always done in about 45 minutes from >10%
Darrin (4 months ago)
Max-tremayne James same
Khalid l (5 months ago)
Max-tremayne James How is the battery? Does the bezels annoy you?
KL Tah (5 months ago)
Why are people even still making videos about the Pixel? They were dead and buried a long time ago. Stop paying people to push your trash Google
Heinrich Hoffmann (5 months ago)
I've choosed the pixel 2 and I'm so happy with it!!!!
Chärísmätìc Abinav (2 months ago)
chose*
Falco Süßgott (5 months ago)
Heinrich Hoffmann the bezels are no dealbreaker for me but i like the design of v30, s8 and so on
Heinrich Hoffmann (5 months ago)
Mr. PoopyButthole give em a chance. After 1 day of usage i saw no besseles anymore. 😜
Falco Süßgott (5 months ago)
Heinrich Hoffmann ok good to know i kinda understand the bezeless trend but i think they should release a one-hande usable device besides the s8 all other 18:9 devices are just too big in my opinion, not that i can not use them but i prefer onehanded use..
Heinrich Hoffmann (5 months ago)
Mr. PoopyButthole my last device was the iPhone 6s plus 5,5'. I love the smaller display of the pixel2. With Android 8.0 Oreo it's the perfect combo. And the display has issues 😜😜. Normally I'm a pure Apple user and I bought only iPhones since the 3G. The pixel2 is my first Android device ever. It could not be better. 😜😍😃
Mike (5 months ago)
Google really has these YouTube channels pushing their half baked products. Wow.
T- Smooth (5 months ago)
What about the display updates released yesterday? I have received it on my 🐼 2 XL, but still prefer the display option of boosted over saturated or natural.
Synergy Bob (5 months ago)
I had to pixel 2 XL for exactly two weeks and I returned it for the pixel 2. I could not be happier for my decision to do that! The screen is so much better and colors are much more vibrant.
Raimi Bonn (5 months ago)
Could anyone tell me how different the back of the Just Black and the Black & White feel?
KVN (5 months ago)
Xl of course
DegraTrip (5 months ago)
I love my Pixel 2. I really do wish I got the XL instead but absolutely not for almost $1000. I'd spent at most $800 for it after tax.
Isaiah Thomas (5 months ago)
The pixels are overpriced. The small one has gigantic ugly bezels and the xl has display problems. Just get an s8/note 8
RISEUP Gamer (1 month ago)
carbonunit ?????wow, that's a first.
RISEUP Gamer (1 month ago)
Isaiah Thomas oooo, the Samsung Fanboy is consumed with salt 😂😂👏
fightnight14 (3 months ago)
I personally liked the bezeled look of the regular pixel 2
Ryan Vigil (3 months ago)
Isaiah Thomas I don't think the bezels are ugly on the Pixel 2. But everyone has their own preference. Google Support straight from the Pixel 2 settings and top tier support agents make the Pixel 2 a great choice.
cubbz5 (3 months ago)
Yeah coming from a Samsung user it’s slows down after awhile and the camera are horrible it makes you look like a catfish I’m going with the pixel 2 and skipping the s9 this year
Steven Rogers (5 months ago)
Dude that wallpaper on the xl is awesome where did u get it from?
Erik Graul (5 months ago)
Pixel 2 XL, the "screen issues", are overblown. The blue tint is barely noticed day to day (only seen on a light background), and fuk over saturation!
Erik Graul (4 months ago)
Brother, I've had this phone for a month now. I do not even notice it anymore.
The Slayer (4 months ago)
Yeah but web pages and Google now are white. Do you really not notice it? Its the one thing holding me back, the display models in the store irritated me.
Matt (5 months ago)
Soon Google is rolling out an update for all those issues
Erik Graul (5 months ago)
LeGoogle Chrome no doubt, won't argue with you about that. But I can live with it. It really doesn't take away from the user experience. No burn-in's either on my device. But even if the burn-ins appear. Probably won't notice it. I didn't with the original Pixel XL. Didn't even know, until someone said the original Pixel XL had burn-in's.
LeGoogle Chrome (5 months ago)
True but for that price and with LGs experience with displays I personally expect near perfection
Fidel Castro (5 months ago)
The one without the weak screen
Sebastian J (5 months ago)
That's Rather Quite Easy...The Pixel 2 XL For That Massive 6 Inch Display...
Sebastian J (5 months ago)
8 More Bloody Idiot Morons Disliked And Counting...
XXXXYYYXXXX (5 months ago)
oh look a tech comparison that says "get the one you prefer"
Stop. (4 months ago)
That’s the point, though. He told us his preference, but the point of the video is to help possible consumers decide which one they want.
exiledfrommyself (5 months ago)
Why not both?
Henri Tero (5 months ago)
XL. Don't need to watch the video to answer that one.
Yaw (5 months ago)
How is the update on the Pixel treating the screen?
Justin Reid (5 months ago)
True story
A. M. (5 months ago)
Good review. How is battery life on the Pixel 2?
Rainman (5 months ago)
Pixel 2 owners on reddit are satisfied with the battery life.
MrrQuackers (5 months ago)
What game is at 1:53? Thank you in advance!
Kilian Frenzen (5 months ago)
MrrQuackers You're welcome. When it comes to mobile games by the way, I think monument valley 2 launched yesterday. That's the sequel to the game they used to showcase the Nexus 6. It's really really good, but it does cost a few bucks. Just a random recommendation.
MrrQuackers (5 months ago)
Thank you so much!
Kilian Frenzen (5 months ago)
MrrQuackers Polyforge I heard someone say.
Mr. Monroe (5 months ago)
You should buy neither they don't have wireless charging they don't have headphone jack and they don't have dual cameras which every other smart phone of 2017 the has SMH
Mr. Monroe (5 months ago)
Kevin M. It doesn't have as many functions or features as the competition it's kind of the downgrade of 2017 I would recommend you get any other 2017 Flagship than this
Kevin M. (5 months ago)
# 0ne doesn't have dual cameras yet it's the best camera of the year, more people are caring less about the headphone jack such as myself, Wireless charging would have been nice yet it still needs more advancement.

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